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7 May

How to Wear it: High/Low Hems

Sources: 1,2,3,4,5,6.

High/low hems (sometimes called mullet hems) are a fun trend that can be worn in various ways. When executed correctly, a high/low hem can be worn at the office, on a date or in a casual setting.

At the Office: Pair a high/low top (like #4) with a high waisted pencil skirt or  pants, just make sure that your midriff isn’t showing. A high/low blouse is a great way to expose fun details on the top of your pants or skirt. Some other fun options are a high/low dress (like #2) or skirt (like #5), as long as the “low” part doesn’t expose too much leg. You can figure out how much skin is too much skin based on your office’s culture, what others wear and your own comfort level.  In most cases, I’d recommend keeping your hem at or below the knee.

For a Date: Opt for a fun colored dress (like #3) and pair it with some fabulous strappy sandals (for a fancy to-do) or a pair of flat, greek inspired sandals (for a more casual date). Experiment with different sized jewelry to create tons of different looks, and maybe throw on a light cardigan in case it gets cold.

For a Casual Look: Whether you’re spending the day drinking lemonade by the pool or running errands, you’ll want to be comfortable and cute. Find a lightweight high/low t-shirt (like #1) that can be paired with cropped pants or shorts. Looking for something super comfy? Pieces like #6 are the sweatpants of high/low skirts and look great with a colorful tank or t-shirt.

How will you try the high/low trend?

23 April

How to Wear it: Hint of Animal Print

Sources: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.

I’m a sucker for animal print, although I tend to stick to accessories. That way, I can add a bit of “wild” to an ordinary outfit while still maintaining a sophisticated, feminine style.

Above are a few ways to add a hint of animal print to any ensemble. Look for fun belts to break up a color block outfit, as well as printed shoes to add a bit of pizzazz to the standard jeans and t-shirt ensemble. Brands like Betsey Johnson (a personal favorite) offer tons of leopard print options, as do more budget friendly companies such as Target (can you believe that gorgeous Sonia Kashuk Animal Print Frame Purse is just $11.99?).

How will you incorporate a hint of animal print into your favorite outfit?

16 April

How to Wear it: Colorful Capris

Sources: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple.

Colorful crops add a sense of cheerfulness to any outfit, even on the most dreary of days. Choose from warm hues like red and citrus or cooler tones such as cobalt or lavender, the sky is truly the limit in this case. Opt for something tailored (although not too tight) for the office or throw on a slouchy pair for running weekend errands. Dress ’em up for a night out with your favorite sky high wedges or heels.

How will you wear colorful capris?

9 April

How to Wear it: Stacked Wedges

One of my favorite trends for spring/summer is definitely super tall wedges. Try them with casual outfits, or take a date night look up a notch with some added height. Here are a few options to try:

Sources: 1,2,3.

Colored denim is extremely fun and very on trend. Pair it with a pair of slip on sandals for comfort and style.

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Change the color palette to something a little more neutral. Black is always office appropriate and tones down the height and pattern of these gorgeous wedges.

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Have a little fun in a flouncy sundress and hot pink wedges.

How will you wear this trend?

3 April

How to Wear It: Sequins for Everyday

The trick to wearing sequins as part of an everyday look is easy: choose one sequined piece and keep the rest simple. Here are a few outfit suggestions I dreamed up:

For an office look: pair a sequin embellished shift dress with a cropped cardigan and kitten heels. Bonus: lose the cardigan and you’re ready for drinks with the girls!

When you’re vegging: keep it casual in a sequin sweatshirt and comfortable skinny jeans in a fun color. Pair with flip flops, flats or espadrilles and a few colorful bracelets.

If you’re dressing to impress: pair a patterned sequin mini with a neutral, ruffle detailed tank, flat sandals and a killer pedicure.

How do you work sequins into your everyday look?

26 March

How to Wear it: Neon

The trend thermometer says neon is hot, hot, HOT for spring. You can subtly incorporate it into your wardrobe using varying degrees of accessories, or go full out in an entirely neon getup. Here are my suggestions for even the most timid fashionista:

20 degrees: try a minimal piece of jewelry like the Ettika Neon Green and Rhinestone Bangle or the Neon Lightning Strike Necklace.

40 degrees: neon nail polish is a great way to play with the trend while keeping the rest of your outfit relatively neutral. Forever 21 has tons of options, including a few that glow in the dark!

50 degrees: feeling a bit bolder? Throw on a pair of neon peep toe heels, like this Pour La Victoire pair, but keep your toe nail polish neutral.

65 degrees: a bold, eye catching bag like this neon green satchel will definitely get you noticed.

80 degrees: a neon cardi like this neon kiwi cashmere beauty from J.Crew can add a bit of oomph to an office look.

100 degrees: colored denim in itself is already a statement piece, but when you bump it up to neon status, it makes for an extreme statement. J Brand’s neon purple skinnies add an unexpected neon hue to your outfit, but they’re not for the faint of heart!

120 degrees: if your motto is “go bold or go go home”, embrace a neon dress. Go full-out fabulous in this hot pink Michael Kors shift dress or this DVF layered chiffon number.

How far up the neon thermometer will you go?

19 March

How to Wear it: the Knot

Sources: 1,2,3,4,5.

From hairstyles to jewelry, the knotted trend is everywhere. Here are a few ways to embrace the trend, no matter what your style:

If your style is: sophisticated

Take a cue from fashionable ladies like Oscar PR Girl pump up the volume with the ever popular topknot. In this case, bigger is definitely better, so if your hair isn’t long enough to achieve the look, try the sock bun technique.

If your style is: preppy

Go nautical with knotted rope bracelets, like the Trioton Collection from local brand Kiel James Patrick. Sailboat not included.

If your style is: bohemian

Try a turban. Yes, a turban! Go full out with a more traditional turban, or test the waters with a headband style.

If your style is: trendy

Look for a knotted, form fitting mini skirt in a bright hue.

If your style is: classic

Add a piece of knotted jewelry, like this Plain Lover’s Knot Ring, for a subtle take on the trend.

How will you wear it?

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